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Shows and Exhibitions 2017

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

As I write this, I am seated at my desk in our so-called office and showroom surrounded by towering piles of kitchen appliances, chunks of solid kitchen cabinets and units and sections of study shelving. A narrow path leads to my chair and looking back along it I can glimpse a sliver of the outside through the glass doors. You are always welcome to visit our ‘showroom’ but just at present, even a pre-emptive telephone call won’t help you to actually see anything – you can barely step inside, never mind make out the shapes, shrouded as they are in protective grey blankets!

All is not lost however as there are several opportunities for you to see our work at various different venues this year:

3rd – 6th May 2017 – ‘Inspired’ British Festival of Silver, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, London EC1M 5AD

Inspired 2015
This is the 3rd time we have exhibited in this prestigious show. Part of London Craft Week, ‘Inspired’ presents the work of the very best of British silversmiths, including our friend, Karina Gill, displayed in and on furniture by the country’s leading furniture makers. This year we will be showing a contrasting pair of our drinks cabinets: one in English walnut with burr American black walnut doors, the other in sycamore with burr ash doors. The show is open Wednesday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm. More details available here.

23rd – 27th May 2017 – RHS Chelsea Flower Show London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 4SR

Chelsea SS Stand
Following the success of the launch of our collaboration with Sitting Spiritually Ltd at RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year, Floating Bench will be returning in a slightly different guise. This year, you will be able to see two new versions of the Floating Bench: Blonde and Noir. As the names suggest, Blonde is completely un-scorched natural oak while Noir is jet-black, entirely scorched oak. They will once again be accompanied by our Yakisugi Swing Seat. Look out for Sitting Spiritually’s stand – RHW295.

1st & 2nd July 2017 – ‘Making Dorset’ Wolfeton Riding House, Wolfeton, Dorchester, DT2 9QN

wolfeton riding house‘Making Dorset’ is an exhibition of fifty of the best 3-D artists and crafts-people based in Dorset and will include the launch of a new book called ‘50 Dorset Makers’. The show is a Dorset Visual Arts initiative and is curated by Professor Simon Olding , Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Simon Barber, Editor of Evolver Magazine. ‘50 Dorset Makers’ will be available to purchase at the venue and from each of the makers taking part.

As we get closer to each event, we will update these details so keep checking back.

If you can’t make it to any of these, then you are welcome to try your luck at the Courtyard Workshop, please though, do telephone first.

Simon Thomas Pirie & Karina Gill bring London Show to Purbeck Art Weeks

Friday, May 1st, 2015

27-31 May 2015: The Courtyard Gallery & Workshop, Rogers Hill Farm, Briantspuddle. DT2 7HJ

TWO of the area’s leading designer-makers have teamed up for a prestigious London exhibition, which they are then bringing back home to Dorset for a free show during Purbeck Art Weeks.

Furniture maker Simon Thomas Pirie from Briantspuddle and silversmith Karina Gill from Hazelbury Bryan are taking part in “Inspired 2015” at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, an exhibition of the finest modern furniture makers and contemporary silversmiths. The event is part of British Silver Week (19-23 May).

Karina is showing a range of silver bowls, displayed in a pair of cabinets designed specially for ‘Inspired’ by Simon Thomas Pirie in English walnut, sycamore and glass.

The pair are then transferring the exhibits back to Dorset where they will be on show alongside further pieces in Simon’s gallery and workshop at Briantspuddle from 27-31 May as part of Purbeck Art Weeks.

“Wood and silver make a really nice combination that bring each other alive,’ says Simon.

“Karina is among the cream of Dorset’s designer-makers and I really respect her work. We’ve known each other for years and it’s lovely to have the opportunity to work together.”

Karina said: “I’m making a special silver bowl for the show inspired by Simon’s work. I admire his pieces for being so contemporary and slick.”

For Purbeck Art Weeks, Karina will be displaying her bowls, plus a range of jewellery with prices starting at £30. Simon will have a full range of furniture on display, including dining sets, cabinets, occasional tables and the desk he made for Makers’ Eye / St Hugh’s College in Oxford. This project recently won the ‘bespoke furniture category’ of the prestigious Wood Awards.

There’s also a chance to hear Karina and Simon talking about their work and practices during Purbeck Art Weeks on Thursday 28 May from 6-9pm at the Courtyard Gallery. Tickets available through Dorset Visual Arts, telephone 01305 853 100. Or see the Dorset Visual Arts website.

For full details of Purbeck Art Weeks Festival, including other open studios and events visit the PAWF website.

2013 Shows and Open Workshops

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Our show line up is taking shape for the first half of 2013:

21st Century Furniture 4
The Millinery Works, 85/87 Southgate Road, London. N1 3JS
10th February – 10th March. Opening times: Tues to Sat 11am to 6pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm

The 4th Millinery Works – 21st Century Furniture makers show. It is rapidly becoming the major London showcase for bespoke designer-makers and a fabulous place to see the work of contemporary makers next to more historical names like Edward Barnsley, CFA Voysey, Betty Joel, Ambrose Heal, C R Ashbee and many others. It’s no accident that ’21st Century Furniture IV’ exhibition is subtitled the ‘Arts and Crafts Legacy’.

The 2013 show includes the work of around 30 of the countries best contemporary furniture makers. We will be exhibiting a number of new pieces. For further information click here for the Millinery Works Website.

Purbeck Art Weeks
Open Studio at the Courtyard Workshop, Briantspuddle, Dorset DT2 7HJ
25th May – 30th May & June 8th/9th (provisional dates – we are not open for the whole event). Open from 10am – 5pm

We are opening our own workshops as we do every year for Dorset Art Weeks / Purbeck Art Weeks. The gallery space will be full of our furniture plus guest artists and makers. It’s always a pleasure to open our own space and talk to visitors. We will be one of dozens of venues open around the Purbecks. There are also other performances and events as part of the festival. More info at Purbeck Art Weeks.

Dorset Art Fair
Kingston Maurward House, Dorchester, Dorset. DT2 8PY
31st May – 2nd June, opening times to be confirmed

A 3 day art and design extravaganza in the heart of Dorset with exhibitions, instillations, room sets, live demos and performances set in the beautiful grounds of the Kingston Maurward Estate, just off the A35 at Dorchester. Not entirely sure what of where we will be exhibiting but we’ll be there somewhere!

More in due course on the Dorset Visual Arts website.

The Dorset Art Week Diaries 2012, Day 1

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

DAWSo, here we are 10am first Saturday of Dorset Art Weeks and we are basically ready, well tidying up from last nights PV with a bit of fine tuning. Space is looking great now things are up and finished, because of Peters paintings there are lots of greens which compliment our chair leathers really nicely. It’s a very calming palette which is probably a good thing.

The new scorched oak Torii tables went down very well last night, but I will be the first to admit it will take someone with a bit of aesthetic vision to buy them.


I always have a sweep stake of what time the first visitor arrives and was only a few minutes out with a guess of 10.42. Actually they came a few minutes earlier at 10.35, Liz won this year. After a slow start people started flooding in we were really busy and ended the day having spoken to more than 50 people, that’s what’s DAW is all about, meeting people who you know are interested because they have made the effort to come and find you. Lots of good interest as well although nothing concrete sold, two people are looking at bidding on the low display cabinet in the auction.

For all the details of the pieces in the auction and how it works click here

I had to step out early from the show and get dressed up a bit for my evening entertainment which was the official opening of Dorset Art Weeks 2012. We were being hosted by Sculpture by the Lakes, the stunning sculpture park run by Simon Gudgeon. As DVA Chairman it was up to me to follow Simon with some opening words and thank yous to all the people who have helped DAW happen, sponsors, staff and of course the 1000 or so artists taking part in this brilliant celebration of visual arts across Dorset.

DAW SG1Anyway after the speeches it was time for some fab music by London Festival Opera and the guitar and tenor Duo Pete Morton and John Hudson. Between the 2 music sets there was an interlude for picnics, chilling and catching up with lots of Dorset’s visual arts bods. By the time the music finished it was getting dark and the fires and nightlights were lit around around the lakes for dusk promenading. It’s probably the first time my wife and I have spent any quality time together (without kids) for weeks. It was rather romantic!

It’s also the best time to wonder into the gallery space at Sculpture by the Lakes, where some of the smaller pieces of Simon’s work is dramatically displayed. Don’t miss it – venue 57, just a couple of miles away from us here at the Courtyard Gallery (venue 36).